by Mia Burns

Thanksgiving is rolling around, and it’s starting to make me really think about how many  blessings I have in my life.

One of the biggest things that I’ve realized recently that I am so thankful for is attending this high school. So many people are constantly wishing their high school years away, and I cannot tell you how frustrated that makes me. You should enjoy your high school years because they really do go by extremely fast. I don’t know about you, but even though my high school years haven’t been full of pure bliss, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m so thankful for the life lessons that I’ve learned and the experiences that I have been able to have here.

This high school has shaped me into the person that I really want to be, and I am so grateful for that. We have so many activities to get involved in at the high school and so many teachers and peers to be thankful for.

Another thing I am thankful for is this community. Even though living in a small town can be so boring, I love it so much! It’s something that I think has really made me appreciate the little things. The PCM community, I think, is truly a blessing to everyone who lives in it. I love the tight-knit relationships with my peers, neighbors, teachers and everyone in between. I really appreciate how our community comes together in a time of need, like a devastating loss, but we also come together to celebrate big wins.

Trying to find good friends can be hard, but once you do, it makes a world of a difference. Through high school, a lot of friend changes happen, but the ones that have stuck with me through the ups and the downs are the ones I hope I keep for a long time. The laughs that we share and the memories we make are ones that I will always remember and are truly a huge blessing.

Out of everything, though, I am so extremely thankful for my family. Just like every teenager, I have a few conflicts with my parents, and especially my siblings, but I couldn’t be more grateful or prouder to have them.

Sometimes I think about what life would be like if I was someone else or if I had another family, and I just think how miserable I would be because we all just fit together. I think that a lot of people at this age take their parents for granted a lot; I do, too, sometimes, but recently I have realized how lucky I am to have such great parents that always support me and do everything that they can for our family.

So this Thanksgiving season, I’m especially thankful for my friends, my family and from where I’ve come, and I hope you realize all the blessings in your life this season, too.